I've complained here about terrible PowerPoint presentations on several occasions; the people who use the generic stock slides, pass out printed handouts with the contents of the slides, and read the slide text word for word, as if it was a telepromoter.
I know many of you will chime in with "word, brother", or something to that effect. Still, those that do so are probably in the minority; a very small minority, it seems. At a recent planning and zoning workshop I attended, most of the presentations were PowerPoint presentations of this ilk, and I felt like I was the only one in the audience who was bored stiff with them. Most people seemed to pay close attention, fixated on the screen, turning the pages of their handouts as a group, and even taking notes, even though the presenter was just reading the damn slides word-for-word with no additional commentary.
To those among the crowd, why do you find such presentations so engrossing and fascinating? I'd really like to know. Does my ADD color my impression of such presentations? To those planners who offer such presentations to the public -- and admit it, there's probably many Cyburbians that do so on a regular basis -- why do you prefer this style of presentation? Have you found it receives a positive response from the audience?